July 26


10 accused in April 15 AT attack nabbed

Who are the conspirators?

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The pressure built up by the media fraternity against repeated attacks on them and their establishment ultimately yielded result with police Tuesday night arresting 10 accused in the April 15 Arunachal Times vandalisation case.

Briefing mediapersons in the Press Club premises here today, Capital SP Hibu Tamang disclosed that 10 youths, mostly students, were arrested during a night-long operation with the help of CCTV camera footage published in the local dailies recently.

All the 10 youths were given a 14-day police remand by the local magistrate Wednesday, the SP informed, adding that Itanagar PS Case No 86/2012 was registered u/s 454, 427/34 IPC - all non-bailable sections - before launching the investigation. A team of capital police comprising Capital ASP D P Dutta,  SDPO Taru Gusar, OC Itanagar PS Inspector Make Bui, SIs  C. A. Namchoom, D. Bagra, Inya Ete,  and S I Habung Tapa, I/C OP Nirjuli alongwith IRBn commando and other police personnel from capital under the supervision of the SP conducted the operation.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted of their involvement in vandalising the office of The Arunachal Times and identified themselves in the footage,” the SP disclosed. Police suspects that the same group may be linked to the July 15 assassination attempt on journalist Tongam Rina in front of the daily’s office, he said adding that the modus operandi was the same in both the cases, and that both incidents occurred on Sundays.

Personal vendetta was less likely cause than, seemingly, to create sensation and send a louder wrong message outside the state, Tamang hinted.

Responding to a volley of questions, he admitted his mistake of not allowing the footage to be published. “There is no definite definition of investigation and I thought such publication will alert the culprits but it is a lesson,” he said.

“I convey my appreciation to AT for allowing publication of the footage which greatly help in bringing these accused to book with the whole-hearted support of the civil society.”

He, however, refused to divulge the names saying more arrests and disclosure, particularly on the possible link between the two cases, are expected during the ongoing sustained interrogation. Photographs and names would be released soon after completion of the legal process, he said.   

Terming Rina’s attack case as a personal and professional challenge for him, Tamang said “few disgruntled people are out to create law and order problems while the masses want peace. With the cooperation of the masses, I am hopeful of solving the case soon,” a visibly happy Tamang said.

“You are also police officers without uniform and I am a citizen with uniform and our united efforts alone will bring peace and tranquility in the society”.   

Responding to another question, he said that those who assisted in the arrest have been suitably rewarded, while Rs 2 lakh reward to provide definite clue in Rina attack case still stands. However, the identity will be kept secret, he said.   

When the pressperson apprehended the possibility of backlash following the arrests, the SP said that he is working to file a fool-proof charge-sheet for awarding stringent punishment to them which would serve as a deterrent against such attacks.

Responding to the fear that the accused would be out on bail soon as has been experienced in the past, the SP said that police only investigate, arrest and file charge-sheets as part of the criminal justice system. The other wings - judiciary is to try and award punishment to the criminals while the jail serves as a home to reform them.

“Grant of bail within no time to an accused by the court demoralises the police force but we are under the system and have no control over it”.

Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Arunachal Press Club made a strong plea to the GoAP to ensure that bail applications of the accused are strongly opposed so that the criminals develop fear for law. If they are granted bail immediately, they feared, possibility of backlash contrary to the GoAP’s resolve to instil a sense of security in the state capital. Though Capital DC Sanjoy Goel during a thorough briefing Tuesday has directed all the magistrates under his jurisdiction not to succumb to any pressure while considering bail to accused, particularly in media attack cases, the media fraternity decided to keep a close watch to assess if it is a commitment or a lip service. If required they decided to engage legal expert to advise them.     

When reiterated on the security of the press establishments and press persons, the SP informed that the GoAP has expressed its seriousness on security front for which he has proposed strengthening policing by reviving the police beats, providing more vehicles for mobility and PCR vans besides additional manpower to tackle the growing menace of crimes.

Moreover, political secretary to CM, Bamang Tago informed that at the directive of the chief minister, he inspected all the media houses Tuesday for installation of high-resolution CCTV cameras besides assessing the security aspects. He has been directed by the CM to ensure both for the security of the journalists so that they could work without any fear or favour, Tago informed.

The members conveyed their gratefulness to septuagenarian Yadap Apang, printer and publisher of Arunachal Times, who despite a night-long road journey from her native place Yingkiong Tuesday, came to the Press Club to show her solidarity with the press fraternity and advised them to work fearlessly honouring press ethics.

In a one to one talk with the SP, she asked him to take stringent actions against the perpetrators of crimes, particularly against the journalists as it has tarnished the image of the state.

“My blessings are with you. Act like a professional police officer to bring all culprits to book to send a louder message that Arunachal Pradesh is a crime free state,” she emotionally added.         

Rina is still convulsing in Ramakrishna Mission Hospital here but improving fast.



AAPSU urges Govt to arrest perpetrators of gun attack on scribe

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while expressing its solidarity with the Arunachal Press Club (APC) and Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalist (APUWJ) urged the state government to immediately arrest the perpetrators of gun attack on Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times.

“It is unfortunate to observe that the series of incidents like, brutal attack on Haku Tatak, a law student, the murder in the month of March at Papu Nallah and Chimpu, burning of APPSC office building in January, burning of PWD office, the Tamar Yoka case of Nirjuli, are yet to be solved and see light of the day,” APPSU said in a release while expressing grave concern over deteriorated law and order problem in the state capital.

“The high profile case involving cold blooded murder of Wangcha Rajkumar still awaits its final outcome with the case going at a snail pace courtesy Central Bureau of Investigation, the apex students’ body of the state said and repeatedly urged the state government to give a logical conclusion to all the cases so that a sense of security prevails in the mind of capital dwellers.

More over the process of judiciary in the state has given ample opportunities for the criminals to jump bail, it said.

Endorsing the Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU)’s demand for early separation of judiciary from executives in the state, AAPSU said that separation of judiciary from executives would go a long way in containing criminal activities in the state with quick disposal of cases.

Meanwhile, the union in its central executive council meeting (CEC) in the wake of 4th North East Cultural festival from August 7 to 10, has constituted a committee with Takam Tatung, president AAPSU as chairman, Sammujal Bhattacharjee, chairman NESO as chief patron and Gumjum Haider, Secretary General NESO as patron for the successful conduct and urged the state government to beef up security measure  for the mega event.



Heavy downpour cripples life in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jul 25: Incessant rain over the last few days has paralyzed life in East Siang district, causing water clogging in several places, worsening the link roads creating hardship for the commuters.

This is the third time flooding due to incessant rain has happened in the region this summer. The incessant rain which turned in to torrential downpour crippled the lives of the entire region for the last four days.

Heavy rainfall also resulted in water logging at several places of Ruksin town and nearby Ngorlung villages, causing innumerable problem for the residents. The rivers and streams flowing down from the northern hills again overflew the Mirem-Mikong Jonai PWD road at several places between Niglok and Mirem.

Surging water of Ngorlung river eroded a large portion of paddy field and bamboo plantation on its left bank at Birem-Silbor area. It also eroded a long portion of the WRC irrigation channel creating problem in Sali crop cultivation. The region has witnessed sufficient rainfall since last part of April this year. There was heavy rainfall during the last part of May while it was found normal during early June last. Nature’s furry had left a trail of devastation at Mirem-Mikong and Rani areas of the district.

Reports from Indian Metrology department reveal that the Upper Arunachal districts may experience excessive rainfall during this month with Southwest Monsoon changing its course towards the region.

East Siang district situated on the right bank of mighty Siang river has a tropical climate and receives rain from the South-West and North-East Monsoon. Over 2000 mm of annual rainfall during the South-West monsoon from the month of July to September has usually been recorded.



EKSWCO resolves to bring changes in EK

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), the parental organization of East Kameng strongly resolved to bring changes in the district by reforming various wrong practices and abolishing social vices which are prevailing in the district. The resolution came after its 5th general conference held at Seppa on July 21  and  22 last.

EKSWCO vociferously resolved to oppose and discourage RTI activists who seek information to use it as blackmailing tool against the concerned officers and departments.   

Expressing concern over the prevailing revenge system between clans or family in the district, the district parental organization further resolved that it would intervene in negotiation process after examining the gravity of incidents and would discourage the system for the interest of the society.  In order to maintain social equality among the tribes in the district, it also resolved to oppose social abuse and discrimination.

To curb mushrooming of organizations and unions in the district, the organization resolved that before forming any organization, one should have prior permission from EKSWCO. The Organization  further resolved that no any organization, except All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU), shall be allowed to collect donation in the district.

The conference was participated by representatives of all tribes such as Nyishi, Miji(Sajolang), Aka and Puriok of the district including all walk of the life.



Traffic awareness programme at Tawang

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF), Tawang District Unit organized a one-day traffic awareness program cum Apex Bank finance programme at Tawang yesterday.

During the programme various issues relating to traffic safety and other transport related problems were discussed.

Speaking on the occasion, AAPPTF State General Secretary Dobing Sonam briefed about AAPPTF and its activities. He informed that AAPPTF is an apex body of all commercial vehicles in the state.

Taking serious note on various commercial vehicles which are plying in the state without proper plying permit, Sonam said that vehicle having registration from other states which are plying in Arunachal Pradesh under NGOs should obtain valid plying permits from State Transport Authority  and take membership of AAPPTF.  He further said that all the government departments, which are usually hiring vehicles, needs to take AAPPTF into confidence.

He advised the drivers to obey traffic rules for the safety and suggested that every NGO and Hotel management authorities within Tawang district should hire vehicles from AAPPTF members.

Regarding bank finance, he said that AAPPTF had signed a memorandum of understanding with Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative APEX bank for providing loan to the unemployed youth members of the AAPPTF for purchasing commercial vehicles.

AAPPTF, Tawang unit President  Lobsang Chodup  expressed serious concern over the humiliating behaviour shown to the taxi drivers while dealing with problems related to them. He further highlighting the dilapidated road condition said that the present road condition from Tawang to Bhalukpong has been a major issue for the vehicle owners and drivers.  The government needs to look into the matter seriously for rapid construction of the said stretch of road, he said.

AAPPTF Tawang unit general secretary Dondup Tsering and  Chairman David Sangten also highlighted the grievances and problems faced by the tourists at Tawang. They advised the Taxi drivers to provide better services to tourists and strictly urged the drivers not to misguide and charge unreasonable fare.

They also advised drivers to obey traffic rules and avoid rash driving, over loading and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Altogether, 1000 commercial taxi drivers, owners and public attended the programme.

AAPPTF Tawang unit also condemned the attacked on senior journalist Tongam Rina. It also demanded the concerned authority to give exemplary punishment to the culprit(s) involved in the attacked.

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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers :09436040006/ 9856060490.



GIFCC chalks out prog

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Galo Indigenous Faith & Cultural Council (GIFCC) in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Jomnya Siram, Advisor (GIFCC) chalked out the programmes for organizing the inaugural function of  the Council to be organized in the month of November, 2012.

Nyamo Dojeh President GIFCC emphasized on conducting the coordination meeting among the sister organizations like Kargu Gamgi of Galo community for effective organization of said function.

GIFCC Secretary General Hendo Taipodia suggested for effective work to achieve the target.


IFCSAP mourns death of Mading Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The members of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) condoled the sudden demise of Mading Tayeng, the former president of the central Donyi-Polo Yelam Kebang and veteran social worker at Pasighat.

Tayeng was a dedicated social worker, who strived for promotion and protection of indigenous faith and culture.

“The void created in his death will be hard fill,” IFCSAP said in a condolence message.

“May Ane Donyi and Ato Polo allow his soul rest in peace and give courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss,” the message added.

All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International Arunachal Pradesh condoled the demise of social worker Mading Tayeng, who died at Pasighat recently.

Late Tayeng was an prominent social activist, who worked tirelessly and selflessly for the preservation and promotion of indigenous faith and culture in the state. His immense contributions to the society will be always remembered by the people, said AIRGVMI release.


Society organizes farmer exposure program

ITANAGAR, Jul 25:  Anne -Donyi Society has organized farmer exposures program for  twenty farmers under Tali circle in Kurung Kumey district on July 24 last under agricultural technology management agency (ATMA) Koloriang with an objective to develop skill of farmers . The farmers were taken to bamboo procession centre at Poma and poultry farm Nirjuli and Piggery farm at Karsingsa.


BJP district unit calls for improved health service

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Expressing concern over the poor functioning of the medical sub-centres in Anjaw district,  the  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) district unit today demanded the authority concerned to deploy medical staff with  sufficient medicines in the  health sub-centres.

BJP Anjaw district unit claimed that out of 17 sub-centers only seven sub-centers are equipped with a staff nurse and two sub-centers have one health assistant each.  It further added that many villages which fall under these sub-centers are not getting medical facilities for last many years.  It further claimed these sub-centers are in so pathetic condition that there is no medicine for treatment of communicable diseases.


RBWS condoles death of Doye

ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) expressed deep shock at the sudden demise of  Bamar Doye of Seren village under East Siang district following a cardiac arrest on July  23 at Dibrugarh, Assam. He was 75 and is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters.

Doye was one of the reputed genealogists of area and worked for promotion of tribal art and culture.

The members prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed condolence to the bereaved family.


HGB of Runne village dies

PASIGHAT, Jul 25: Runne Village Head Gaon Bura Baniram Siram passed away today at his residence after prolonged illness.

Siram was born in 1933 and was a prominent local priest of Runne in particular and Adi Community in general. He was also a true believer of Donyi-Poloism, who served the society with his best capacity as a Gaon Bura.

He left behind two wives, five sons and as many daughters.

Many well-wishers thronged the house of late Siram to pay last respect to him.

The woes of Dibang Valley people

Dear Editor,

We all know that Dibang Valley is facing the wrath of nature. Natural calamities have totally disrupted  road transport and communication system in the district forcing the common people and government employees  to face acute shortage of food and other  essential needs.

Unfortunately, transportation charges have been raised unbelievably in this hours of  crisis. From Anini to 73 k.m the current rate is Rs 300 and from Arzu to Roing it is Rs 700.  Besides the exorbitant rate of transportation,   sky rocketing prices of essential commodities badly affected the  life of common people.

Therefore, I on behalf of the local people of Dibang valley, appeal the concerned authority, particularly the district administration to look into the matter and take urgent measures to stop unnecessary exploitation of the situation.


Rajiv Mihu

Former Secretary, All Idu Mishmi Student Union (AIMSU)



Money is not everything

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention to concern authorities regarding the recent advertisement published in a local daily for district-wise recruitment to the posts of AAPBN and IRBN constables under Arunachal Pradesh Police.

Right from the time of publication of the advertisement the noisome news spread entire district regarding the recruitment to the said posts but I take it normal thinking that it might be misinformation as usually people use to spread. But, very soon it shocked me lot when I witnessed the atmosphere of my native town Daporijo regarding the advertisement.

I found that everyone were engaged in search of money through various ways such as selling their own land, local ornaments, domesticated animals, farm field etc., to obtain sum of Rs. 2 lakh which is popularly said to be known as bribe price for the each post of AAPBN and IRBN.

So far I know the physical standard for a candidate should be – height 165 cm (general) and 160 cm (APST), while Chest – 78 cm (normal) and 84 (expanded). But I found that few aspiring candidates who are physically  unfit as per cited physical standard are also in the queue of bribe track.

If money is everything, then just imagine, what will be the fate of those candidates who have the capability to become a police constable  but no money? What will be the future of poor candidates? Should we let their dream remains as dream? Hope! It’s not fair for you too.

Therefore, such an illusion and aberrant policy should be put to an end as soon as possible before it happens, to save the state from balding its future, which is the abhorrence of our society. I am not against anyone as it’s personal matter, rather want to remove false ideology from our state and nation as a whole so that every candidate gets equal opportunity as per their talent, abilities and qualification.

Therefore, I appeal to all the concern authorities, especially higher authorities of police department to look into the matter very seriously so that deserving candidates get chance as per talents and ability not by the money power.


Metum Soki



Aging population cause concern

Asia’s aging population is a development challenge, since caring for the elderly can be costly and economic growth and productivity depend on a labor force regularly replenished with young adult workers.

Only a minority of Asia's elderly receive pension benefits. Indeed, only about one-quarter of the workforce is covered by contributory pensions in the People’s Republic of China, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Less than one in 10 are covered by contributory pensions in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

As Asia's population ages, developing countries in the region should explore social pensions that provide cash benefits to vulnerable older citizens who are most in need of a safety net, said a new publication from the Asian Development Bank.

The study, Social Protection for Older Persons: Social Pensions in Asia, looks at various non-contributory social pension schemes in the region and suggests that even providing a small bit of assistance can go a long way to reducing poverty. Case studies from Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam illustrate that a social pension program with low benefits to many beneficiaries is more beneficial than high benefits to few beneficiaries.

The study found that targeting social pensions to income or poverty levels – as opposed to universal coverage – makes it difficult to identify eligible beneficiaries and can lead to mismanagement and favoritism.